Hankook Ventus Prime 4 review
Hankook has become known for developing a tyre throughout its life, and it has a good base here, but it’s clear work still needs to be done
We tested the Ventus Prime 4 earlier this year in a mini test with the new PremiumContact 7, where it finished fourth out of four.
There’s just a one-percentage-point difference in the gap to the winning Continental, but now rivals have filled that space and the Hankook, a multiple test winner, comes home ninth. This is a perfect example of the importance of looking at the percentage scores and not just the overall position of a tyre.
As we saw earlier in the year, the Prime 4 does not like deep water and it was last in both of these disciplines. However, at shallower depths it was more convincing, and a joint second in wet braking meant it jointly led the pack chasing the stand-out Continental.
The Prime 4 also felt secure on the wet track, with a well controlled rear end.
"Customers note good grip, especially in the wet. They give the tyres 4.7/5 with their all-weather handling and improved economy highlighted."
|Hankook Ventus Prime 4|
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe reveal the best tyres you can buy
- 2Continental PremiumContact 7 Following our mini test earlier this year, we knew the Continental was good, and it backed that up with a win against wider opposition
- 3Bridgestone Turanza T005The best tyre, by some margin, for high-mileage drivers, but we can see why better wet grip is a performance target for its successor
- 4Toyo Proxes ComfortToyo has produced an impressively complete, well balanced package across the tests. The Proxes Comfort was pretty good to drive, too
- 5Pirelli Cinturato P7After a troubled beginning, it seems Pirelli is finally getting a handle on the Cinturato P7, and is making the tyre a match for premium rivals
- 6Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2There’s no repeat win this time around, but the EfficientGrip still delivers a balanced performance and impressive fuel economy
- 7Vredestein UltracAn excellent wet-weather performer, particularly in severe conditions, and effective in the dry. Fuel economy needs improvement, however
- 8Kumho Ecsta HS52A welcome return for Kumho with its latest Ecsta. It delivered on its performance target of good braking, but there are areas that need improving
- 9Michelin Primacy 4+For a tyre that is focused on performance when it is worn, the Primacy 4+ performed pretty well from new, with a good all-round balance
- 10Hankook Ventus Prime 4 - currently readingHankook has become known for developing a tyre throughout its life, and it has a good base here, but it’s clear work still needs to be done
- 11Maxxis Premitra 5 HP5By no means a bad tyre, but rivals have moved the game on with their new designs and development since the Premitra’s debut
- 12Falken Ziex ZE310 EcorunA replacement for the Ecorun, on sale since 2017, can’t come soon enough. This is not the performance level we expect from Falken
- 13Tyre test 2023: results by categoryAn in-depth look at the scoring charts for our 2023 tyre test